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William Anderson
Born 1852
Place of birth Sweden
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Coxswain
Unit USS Powhatan
Awards Medal of Honor

William Anderson (born 1852, date of death unknown) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

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Born in 1852 in Sweden, Anderson immigrated to the United States and joined the Navy from New York. By June 28, 1878, he was serving as a coxswain on the USS Powhatan. On that day, he rescued First Class Boy W. H. Moffatt from drowning, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.[1]

Anderson's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Powhatan, 28 June 1878. Acting courageously, Anderson rescued from drowning W. H. Moffatt, first class boy.[1]

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